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December 23, 2020

SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021:

“The NDAA has become law every year for 59 years straight because it’s absolutely vital to our national security and our troops. This year must not be an exception. Our men and women who volunteer to wear the uniform shouldn’t be denied what they need— ever.  This NDAA cements all the remarkable gains our military has made thanks to President Trump’s leadership and sends a strong message of support to our service members and their families. I hope all of my colleagues in Congress will join me in making sure our troops have the resources and equipment they need to defend this nation. We can and should use another legislative vehicle to repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act – a priority the President and I share.”

The National Defense Authorization Act is the primary vehicle by which Congress fulfills its Constitutional duty to “provide for the common defense.” The legislation, which has been enacted into law every year for the last 59 years in a row, authorizes funding and provides critical authorities for the U.S. military to strengthen national defense and take care of U.S. service members and military families. The Senate approved the bill with a vote of 84-13; the House approved it with a vote of 335-78-1.

For a summary of the FY21 NDAA, please click here. For the text of the Conference report, please click here. For the text of the joint explanatory statement, please click here.

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